Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 231 August 19, 1886 Thursday Evening
Hurricane Wipes out Indianola
V O Stamps dies in Dallas at 57
DALLAS Click Here to follow "VO Stamps" back in Time  (1940)     On this date in 1940, Virgil Oliver Stamps, founder of the Stamps Quartet and Stamps–Baxter Music and Printing Company died. He and his group, the Stamps Quartet, started a noonday Gospel show on KRLD Radio in Dallas which attracted gospel singers nationwide. Stamps was 57. See "VO Stamps" Page 1D

Born This Date
Horseracing legend Willie Shoemaker born in Fabens
EL PASO   (1931) Click Here to follow "Horse Racing" forward in Time  On this date in 1931, legendary horseracing jockey Willie Shoemaker is born in Fabens in El Paso County. In his career, Shoemaker rode 8,833 winners, 250 with purses of $100,000 or more. He also won 10 national money titles and over $123 million in purses.

City Destroyed Again
SAN ANTONIO Click Here to follow "Hurricanes" back in Time(1886)Click Here to follow "Hurricanes" forward in Time  On August 19-21 1886, a major hurricane completely destroyed the port city of Indianola. A previous hurricane destroyed the city 11 years before. This time, the city was never rebuilt.
Crime Desk
John Wesley Hardin killed in El Paso
EL PASO Click Here to follow "John Wesley Hardin" back in Time (1895)    On this date in 1895, John Wesley Hardin, one year after being pardoned for murder, and having become an attorney, was shot dead in an El Paso bar by Constable John Selman, a man Hardin hired to kill Martin Mroz, a former client and the husband of Hardin's lover, Helen Beulah Mroz. Hardin it seems, never paid Selman. Mroz died in a shootout on the Juarez bridge before Selman could get to him.   More about "John Wesley Hardin" on the Web

Lifestyles Desk
First Czech Settlers sail for Texas
GALVESTON   (1851)    On this date in 1851, a large group of Bohemian immigrants began their long journey to Texas. Only half of the Czech emigrants would survive. Within a couple of years more Czechs from Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia would immigrate to Texas. Fayette, Washington, Austin, and Lavaca counties saw large numbers of Czech settlers in the mid 1800s. By the beginning of the next century, 250 Czech communities were founded in Texas.   More about "Czech" on the Web